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Don midwest
Don midwest

from a couple of days ago on The Intercept

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Dominate Democratic Debate Set Up to Ambush Them

“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” Warren said to cheers.

Having constructed the entire debate to generate disagreements between the progressive candidates, whose ideas are finding support from Democratic primary voters, and centrist candidates who are struggling to get past 1 percent in the polls, CNN concluded the evening with the headline it had worked so hard to create: “Breaking News: Liberal and Moderate Democrats Clash in Detroit.”

Update: Wednesday, July 31, 3:21 p.m. EDT

The morning after the debate, the Republican party helpfully proved that Warren and Sanders were right to say that it was a Republican talking point to focus only on the need to increase taxes to pay for Medicare for All, while ignoring the fact that total costs would go down for working families that no longer have to pay outrageous premiums and deductibles.

On Wednesday morning, the Republican National Committee tweeted out video of a post-debate interview in which Chris Matthews of MSNBC repeatedly pressed Warren to say if taxes would go up, and completely ignored her point that “out of pocket costs for middle class families,” are, under the plan she and Sanders endorse, “actually going to go down.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

how crazy things are when what is worthless is worth going to war?

last gasp of capitalism? last gasp of empire?

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have very little going for them other than petroleum, which is actually worthless. That is, as understanding of the catastrophic impacts of our climate emergency sinks in the with public, a rush to electric cars fueled by wind and solar will gain momentum. Leaving Saudi Arabia and the UAE (as well as the Koch brothers and assorted other B-movie villains) high and dry.

This is a recent article from Juan Cole (because we just found out about this) on how Trump had Saudi Arabia and UAE censure his America First speech in 2016.

Yet another example that Trump puts corporations first which what he has done

Why Trump let Saudi Arabia and UAE censor his “America First” Speech on Energy

Don midwest
Don midwest

a white supremacist movement encouraged by Trump not just a deranged killer

this is further reason for Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment inquiry

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The slaughter of 20 persons in and around a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, by a virulent white nationalist on Saturday was not just a “mass shooting.” It was a profound act of terrorism.

Nor was it the action of a single person. The alleged shooter was invested in Trump’s talking points about a wall and had bought into the crazed conspiracy theory that wealthy Jewish entrepreneurs are bringing in immigrants to work cheaply and replace the white race. Hence his fulminating against the so-called “Hispanic invasion” and his praise of the shooter at New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque (a shooter himself inspired by Trump).

It isn’t enough to say that the El Paso terrorist was “hate-filled and racist,” as El Paso police characterized him. That makes it sound personal and idiosyncratic. This man was part of a movement, a movement that is being actively promoted from the White House. The difference between a crime and terrorism is that a crime is for personal gain and its not ideological. This was ideological.

Does anyone have any doubt at all that if the person had been a Muslim with a similar manifesto, substituting Islamic themes and grievances for those of white nationalism, the national security state and the US media would be in overdrive blaming the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims?

And yet white nationalists skate because their ideology seems less threatening to. . . white people.

It isn’t less threatening. It is a national emergency. Research published at WaPo shows that in counties where Trump held rallies in 2016, hate crimes rocketed 226%.

Nationally, hate crimes are growing 9% a year, with Arab-Americans, Jews, and LGBTQ individuals seeing big spikes in hate crimes directed against them.

from Juan Cole today
White Supremacist Terrorism strikes Again in the Age of Trump and Putin

orlbucfan

Nancy Pelosi is either a) corrupt b) semi-senile c) neo-liberal coward. All 3 fit her. Over half the House are lining up behind impeachment. If more continue to join, that may finally force her hand. We’ll see. T and R, LD!!

Don midwest
Don midwest

Never thought I would post this guy

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wi61

Number of mass shootings since the 1st of January 2019.

US: 251

Mexico: 3,Canada: 1, Brazil: 1,Netherlands: 1,New Zealand: 1,Denmark: 0,Italy: 0

Spain: 0,Sweden: 0,South Korea: 0,Australia: 0,Germany: 0,UK 0,France:0 and Japan: 0

Besides the mental health issues that causes these people to go “off” (M4A Desperately needed). How much many of these shootings had emboldened by these shooters constancy hearing politicians blaming immigrants and POC for their lot in life. Then you have a president that fuels the hate and racism by using words as infestation. Telling Dem elected politicians to go back to where they came from because their POC.

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wi61

Or POC in general, Then the R’s and their talking heads would be coming out of the woodwork on how the borders would have to be closed and immigration suspended.

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orlbucfan

Cops look like something out of a bad sci-fi dystopian movie or TV show.

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magsview

Hahaha

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